Thursday, December 30, 2010

a DOILY... as Unique as a SNOWFLAKE


Aren't handcrafted doilies so lovely to look at,
appreciate and collect?
They are indeed as unique
as snowflakes are.

To hold an old antique needle crafted piece from long ago
is an honor. It is a link to a person from the past who spent time
creating, anticipating, and producing a piece that
has passed through time to our hands.

Some what like an Author,
an Artist or an Illustrator,
or a Composer....
Some one who has left a part of themselves behind

photos by Linnie Nolan
of the Bleat'n Hum Baa Farm'n Fiber
Mod`ano Lace

Drawn Thread Work

(one piece in not crocheted,
can you say which one? and what it is)?


Embroidered, with Puncetto Work

Crocheted edges


Antique Lace with embroidery on Tulle


a "netting" styled Lace

a form of Renaissance Lace

"Teneriffe" and Drawn Thread

Cut Work

Anchor Manual of Needlework

This is a wonderful Reference Book


here is a great site that will show how
to cut a paper snowflake (the right way)
(in case you've forgotten)


There were great memories left behind when the Grandchildren helped cut out paper snow flakes!


Learn about "SNOWFLAKE" Bentley at this
Official site:

Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley


Learn more about the uniqueness of snowflakes here:


Next time you hold a doily in your hand
try to remember or imagine the hands that made it...

Next time you look at a Snowflake
try to remember or imagine the Hands that formed it...

Before the mountains were brought  forth,
or ever thou hadst formed the earth
and the world, even from everlasting
to everlasting, thou art GOD 
                                         Psalm 90:2

For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise
to the small rain,and to the great rain of his strength.
                                                     Job 37:6

For the rain cometh down,
and the snow from heaven, and returneth
not hither, but watereth the earth,
and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower,
and bread to the eater
                      Isaiah 55:10


Chippie says:
"Always keep a needle and sissors handy"


Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
3 John 1:2
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  1. Those are great. They look so delicate. Beautiful!!

  2. What a lovely and informative post. The doilies are indeed beautiful as are the talented hands that made them, I daresay. The piece NOT crocheted, my guess, is the little case that appears to be a needlepoint tape measure?
    Thank you for visiting my neck of the woods and for your nice comments. It is very nice to meet you! I understand unwilling participants in the wearing of hats and bonnets. My sheep are very reluctant to oblige and I must bribe them heavily with animal crackers!
    The character in my next book has a lot in common with you as she is an expert needlewoman,,, er bear. She would be quite envious of those scissors of yours.
    Papercutting is a wonderful art form. I have been doing it for over 25 years! How nice to see the snowflakes. The cutting of snowflakes is usually the first kind of "scherenschnitte" that most of us learned as children.They look charming in your window.

  3. Peaceful and happy New Year
    to you too dear friend and congratulations for
    your beautiful works.

  4. Lovely, lovely. I love the old tools and beauty of crocheted pieces.

    I'm a huge Snowflake Bentley fan and especially love the children's book about him with exquisite wood block prints by Caldecott winner Mary Azarian.

    All joys to you and yours,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  5. Dear Linnie,

    What a lovely collection you have of lace and needlework equipment and how delightfully you have displayed them! Sarah and I make Torchon bobbin lace. We should really get into making it more this winter! Your cut paper snowflakes look beautiful and lacy, as well! We just love "Snowflake" Bentley, too!

    What a sweet little red headed guinea pig all cuddled up in its basket next to the kitty!

    Happy New Year!

    Diane and daughter Sarah of The Corgyncombe Courant


    I am so happy that you have one of my old books!

    Let's keep in touch.

    All joys to you,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  7. Hello there! I am so glad you ordered a book!, I think you will like it. Since you like Jan Brett, (me too,) may I suggest another fabulous set of books. They are called Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem. No longer in print but usually found on Amazon as used books. These are small books about little mice and the illustrations are about as CHARMING as anything I have ever collected. Let me know how you like your book!

  8. Your blog is wonderful! And I've always loved the story of Snowflake Bentley! Have a warm, safe and cozy New Year!
    Take Care,

  9. Linda your doily pictures are so beautiful, I really like the light in the window and the back ground of the outside, was that at sunset?
    I will be starting my blog soon. Maybe about birds in my backyard.
    Love ya

  10. Oh those are all amazing. There used to be a women at the church we used to go to back when we lived in Florida she did some wonderful needlework. Thanks for sharing the snowflake link I am going to check it out my daughter loves snowflakes she is always making them she is pretty good at it. ~Happy New Year ~Love Heather

  11. I found you through many links :)

    But here I am...and I must say that I wanted to stay longer... I also love doilies...they are all over the cottage. I even use them in my sewing and I use them as accessories in my clothing :)

    You have a wonderful site...thank you for sharing.


  12. What a lovely collection of doilies. I have many that were made by my mother and aunt and they are treasured.

  13. What gorgeous doilies! I have a few of my grandma's, as well as ones I've picked up here and there at thrift stores. I just am in awe of the work and talent required for these pieces of art.

    You have such an eye for photography,
    and have inspired me so much to create a little more magic in my home.



  14. Hello, my name is Larissa and I work in a publishing house in Brazil called Editora Esfera.
    We are producing a booklet about citizenship and development and I would like to know if you allow me to use the picture of Renaissance Lace that appears on your blog.
    Could you please contact me by e-mail ( to talk about it?

    Kind regards,